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Texas is Hot Spot for Extreme Sport Games

Written by , published May 29, 2014

If you’re going to go to the “extreme,” then Texas is the place to do it, and next weekend, two high-voltage sporting events are revving up competition here in the Lone Star State – ESPN’s X Games and Red Bull’s Cliff Diving World Series.

ESPN”s X Games, an international competition featuring the top action sports athletes in the world, comes to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas from June 5-8 to bring skateboarding, BMX, Moto X and 4-wheel challenges.

Although the X Games are a ticketed event, the weekend event kicks off June 5 with free skateboard and BMX competitions in front of the State Capitol. A Vert ramp, for tricks on the half-pipe, will be set up at 10th Street and Congress Avenue, where spectators can see the action. The day’s schedule includes:

  • 5 p.m. Tony Hawk & Friends Demo
  • 6:30 p.m. Skateboard Vert Round One
  • 8 p.m. BMX Vert Final
  • 9 p.m. Skateboard Vert Final

On to Circuit of the Americas, and the ticketed portion, the athletes gather for more thrilling competitions.

For skateboarding, individuals compete in Vert; Big Air (drop into a massive roll, jump from a kicker, and catapult into a quarter-pipe); Park (bowls, ramps, and more built for a fast flow and big moves.); and Street (street skating).

In the BMX competitions, athletes ride in those disciplines, plus a challenge on dirt trails and ramps.

Motor Cross bikes go for big tricks, tops speeds and massive air in the Moto X competition disciplines such as Best Whip (unique angles with great height), Step Up (riding up a nearly horizontal wall to jump about a 50-foot horizontal bar); Enduro X (racing over obstacles such as tree trunks, water-filled ditches and more); Freestyle; and Speed and Style (best lap time and trick execution)

In 4Wheels, the Circuit of the America’s world-class track makes way for Rallycross (dirt-to-dirt jumps, asphalt drifting sections and hairpin curves) and Stadium Super Trucks (high-powered off-road trucks race off jumps, crossovers and tight corners).

As the X Games, launched by ESPN in 1995, makes its Austin debut, it also sets off with a new model – Nine Festival Village that keeps spectators entertained throughout the event. In addition to sports competitions, X Games Austin offers nine festival villages: Galleria, Gaming Shack, ESPN Clubhouse, The Playground, Sound Factory, Next X Parks, Texas Ranch, The Garage and Green Planet. Musical guests include Kanye West, Slightly Stoopid, Gary Clark, Jr. and the Flaming Lips.

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Cliff Diving

Making a big splash, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to the United States with a new location at Possum Kingdom Lake (in Palo Pinto County). Spectators can watch for free, from boats, as the athletes launch themselves from the towering cliffs of “Hell’s Gate.” Besides the men, this stop will include the first of three competitions for female divers in 2014.

The competition kicked off in Havana, Cuba. After Fort Worth, it’s off to Inis Mor, Ireland; Kragero, Norway; Azores, S. Miguel, Portugal; Bilbao, Spain; and Niteroi, Rio de Journal.

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